Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Spring Sale!

♥ Spring

Spring has sprung here in Victoria and I think it's cause for celebration. Whether you live in a mild climate and are basking in spring's warm glow or you've endured a ruthless winter and the end is near, enjoy a little spring sale from me to you!

It's easy!

    1. Visit my Ravelry Pattern Store OR
     shop on my website

    2. Add 3 patterns to your cart

    3. Enter coupon code : 3for2 

    Happy Knitting!

    Monday, April 7, 2014

    In The Garden || A New Beginning

    { Ranunculus & Hyacinth }

    Amongst all of the madness last fall of finalizing book number two, big changes were happening at home too! Elsie and I (with the help of a ton of friends!) moved from our temporary situation in a happy little apartment with a shady balcony, to a more permanent space in a townhouse (mama has a bedroom again! yay!). 

    What's even more exciting is that our new place has a modest patch of grass out back that is all our own! We can't wait to get digging! Spring has sprung here in Victoria and everywhere you look, the markets are setting out their plants, bulbs, and veggie starts. I've been collecting things little by little without any real plan. 

    { Sweet Woodruff - one of my fave's }

    As far as I can tell the space doesn't offer much more sunlight than our old patio so I may be limited to what I can grow in the ground. However the top of our fence gets longer hours of sunshine so I've put my herb planter boxes up there to soak it up.

    { remember these? they've been hibernating all winter and are just starting to show signs of life! }

    There are also a couple of beds in the common area that have been converted into veggie plots which is SO exciting! It takes the pressure off of my little shady space -- rather than attempt to grow food back here we can just plant things that are pretty and help tend the communal garden. 

    { Columbine }

    I haven't started digging yet, just collecting plants, and in the weeks to come I plan to map the sun as it falls on our yard to get a better picture of which areas of the yard will get the most hours of sun during the day. 

    I hope this might be the beginning of regular In the Garden posts -- I have missed doing them, to me they feel like journal entries, because gardening is something I am so passionate about.

    What's growing in your garden this early April? Do you have a space that requires you to think creatively? I'd love to hear how you make the most of your growing space!

    Friday, March 28, 2014

    And the winner is...

    The winner of one gorgeous skein of Caterpillargreen Yarn is Amanda! She used Plymouth Happy Feet for her mitts!
    Congratulations Amanda!!! I can't wait to find out which colourway you choose!


    ...and don't forget Shannon and I and our JOURNEY trunk show will be at the Beehive tomorrow from 12-4pm!
    Come and say hello, we'd love to see you there! 


    Tuesday, March 25, 2014

    LINDEN mittens || KAL Week 2 and We're DONE!


    This knit along was short and sweet! It was only two weeks long which was the perfect amount of time, most of us finished our mitts and some even went on to make more than one pair! This might be the most fun I've had during a knit along -- everyone was so energetic and enthusiastic and watching the yarns people chose was endless fun! There are so many fantastic self striping options out there! And not only self striping, we saw self patterning, vibrant solids, even colourwork stripes when self striping wasn't available!

    I finished my fingering mittens on Day 9 and on Day 10 cast on a second pair in sport weight - this time knitting two-at-a-time (my first time ever!). I've had very little time to knit since then and at 9:30 last night still had the finger tips and thumbs to finish! But I'm happy to say that I finished in time (well... 7 minutes late to be precise... but whose counting right ;)


    And as promised I have a little giveaway in store for you!
    Caterpillargreen Yarns has so generously donated a skein of your choosing to one lucky winner.

    { concrete & tulips }



    Leave a comment telling me what yarn you used for your LINDEN mitts!

    ...that's it!


    BONUS : Leave a separate comment for EACH pair of mitts you cast on, if you started a second pair you'll have an extra chance to win!

    To qualify you need only to have participated in the KAL... if you didn't finish your mitts in time, that's okay, you can still enter to win!

    Please get your entries in by Friday, March 28th.

    If you don't leave me a way to contact you - your entry won't count!

    Monday, March 24, 2014

    JOURNEY : Trunk Show & Signing at the Beehive

    Shannon and I worked feverishly through the spring, summer, and fall to finish our new book JOURNEY just in time to pre-release at Knit City last October. Now that the dust has settled and the book has made it's way to local yarn stores and onto knitters book shelves, we're having a party to celebrate! Come and join us for our official Canadian book launch at the landmark Beehive Wool Shop this Saturday, March 29th from noon until 4pm. Bring your copy of JOURNEY for us to sign, or pick up a copy in store! And for those who will be buying a copy, the Beehive will give you 15% off the book if you are purchasing yarn for one of the projects! Win win!! Our trunk show will be on display so come and have a look at the book samples up close and in person!

    I really do hope you will join us! We'd love to meet you and celebrate the launch of our second book and our first pattern collaboration!  

    . . .

    ...and for those of you participating in the LINDEN knit along, don't forget the KAL ends today, so wrap up your work in progress and join me tomorrow when I'll be opening up the comments for the coveted skein of Caterpillargreen yarn that's up for grabs!!!

    ...don't forget to tag your projects #lindenkal wherever you post them online!

    Monday, March 17, 2014

    LINDEN mittens || KAL Week 1 and Almost Done!

    Week 1 of the LINDEN knit along is over and we've been having an absolute BLAST knitting along together in the JR group on Ravelry! My favorite part has been admiring everyone's yarn -- there is such a variety and so many gorgeous colourways!

    I could barely wait to cast on with my soft and squishy skein of Caterpillargreen Yarn -- once the knit along CO date arrived I went full tilt. I've been flying along on my mittens considering the limited amount of time I've had to devote to them while travelling to Tolt Yarn and Wool and Vogue Knitting Live -- if only it was possible to knit and drive, sigh.

    I actually cast on with double pointed needles because I had to go down two sizes to get gauge and only had 2.25mm in dpns. I barely finished the 1/2 inch ribbed cuff before I broke down in search of a 40 inch nickel plated needle to magic loop with! I hadn't realized how fond of magic loop I was until I was forced to work on dpns -- I find it so much faster and conducive to multitasking while knitting!

    Also, self striping yarn... highly addictive! For me, working with self striping yarn is like reading a really good book that I can't put down -- I don't want to stop without completing the chapter I'm on. With self striping yarn, I always want to get through the stripe I'm on -- the trouble is, once I do, I get a glimpse of the next colour stripe and can't help but begin it just to see what it looks like. Just one more stripe, just one more stripe... It's a vicious cycle.

    Now that I'm home from my travels I cannot wait to check in with our Ravelry group and see everyone's progress! I am so glad so many of you are using our #lindenkal hashtag on Instagram and elsewhere, it's by far the easiest way to get a glimpse of everyone's progress in one snapshot! 

    We still have a week to go and it's definitely not too late to cast on and jump in! I have grand plans of casting on a second pair in sport weight if I finish this pair in time! I'd like to attempt two at a time, I've never tried before!

    There will be a prize at the end of the KAL and for those who don't yet have the pattern you can purchase it for 25% off during the knit along!!! Just use code LINDENKAL during checkout on Ravelry! 

    Happy Monday and Happy Knitting!!!

    Monday, March 10, 2014

    LINDEN mittens || Cast On and Knit Along!

    Ready... Set... CO!!!

    Today's the day! I know we've all been anxiously awaiting to cast on our LINDEN mittens and today is the day! I've been especially excited to get going because I have a very special skein of Caterpillargreen Yarn in their new colourway Hillside that I will be knitting with. It's my very first time working with this yarn -- it's been making the rounds in our knitting group and I've been very envious, I couldn't wait to work with it myself. 

    I've always been in love with the colourways but now that I've worked with the yarn first hand, I can honestly say it's heaven! I enjoyed knitting with it so much I didn't want to stop swatching -- even after I found the right needle size to get gauge!

    I swatched in the round because I know my knit stitch is tighter than my purl. 
    I'm glad I did because it turns out I needed to go down two needle sizes!

    And now I'm ready to cast on my mittens!!! What about you? Will you be knitting along with us? What yarn are you using? Come join the conversation!